Stephenville's Krece Nowak rushed for 100-plus rushing yards for the third straight game this season, but it wasn't enough as Everman (5A) held on to avoid a third straight loss to the Yellow Jackets.
After entering the halftime break with a 24-3 lead, the Bulldogs thought they had the win all but sewn up. Stephenville had other ideas as quarterback Easton Jones found receiver Conner Schmutz late in the third quarter for a 23-yard touchdown to cut Everman's lead to 14-points.
Everman responded with a five minute, seven play, 66-yard touchdown drive which carried over into the fourth quarter.
While the Bulldogs scored first in the game's fourth frame, Stephenville's offense continued to churn out points as they ended up scoring two touchdowns. The first came off of a seven play, 58-yard drive which ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Frazier up the seam.
After scoring and cutting the lead to two possessions, Stephenville attempted an onside kick which was recovered by Kasee Bouchey to keep hopes alive.
That hope was strengthened minutes later when Jones found the end zone after sneaking it in on a one-yard rush. The late touchdown had every fan thinking of another onside, but Stephenville elected to attempt a non-traditional onside by pooching it short which resulted in an Everman player catching the ball to end any hopes of a late comeback.
While most of the excitement in the second half belonged to Stephenville, the first half was where the game was decided.
The Bulldogs scored on three offensive possessions, including two touchdowns and a field goal. The third touchdown was critical in the game's result. With less than three minutes left in the first half, an Everman defender broke on and intercepted a Stephenville pass attempt and returned it for a touchdown.
Everman dominated the first half in points, but Stephenville had their chances. The Yellow Jackets first four drives of the game resulted in possessions inside Everman territory, however, penalties killed opportunities resulting in only three points.
The two teams combined for more than 700 total yards in the game with Stephenville accumulating 354 yards and Everman accounting for 386 yards, with only 19 yards coming through the air.
Easton Jones finished the night 19-40 for 218 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was receiver Cameron Frazier who caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Conner Schmutz also had a solid evening as he finished with five receptions for 49 yards.
While he didn't find the end zone Friday night, running back Krece Nowak once again lit up the stat sheet. He ran the ball 23 times for 140 yards, an average of 6.08 yards per carry.
The loss drops Stephenville to 0-3 on the season and they'll search for their first win next Friday night when they host Decatur.